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I’m Michael, I like learning languages

Hi, I’m Michael. I like studying the Japanese language. In fact, I like studying linguistics and languages in general. At this moment, this website is essentially a blog where I write up what I learn and synthesize along my journey of learning the Japanese language. It’s all free! Please enjoy the content and learn with me as we embark on our learning journey!

My Approach

Learn efficiently

Yes, learning a language takes time and practice but it doesn’t have to be difficult. I break down difficult concepts so they’re easier to learn.

Study efficiently

Everyone has a different preferred way of studying, memorizing and practicing. I explore several strategies to study efficiently.

Apply efficiently

Eventually all the studying will need to be translated into practical experience. Conversing with others? Reading books? I’ve got you covered with strategies to get you going fast.

Latest from the blog

Is there such thing as a subjectless sentence?

tl;dr: You don't have to explicitly specify the subject in a Japanese sentence. The subject is still there, implied. In fact, explicitly specifying the subject or topic yields a different emphasis. When someone asks you: 図書館に行きますか。 としょかんにいきますか。 toshokan ni ikimasu ka....

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Beyond flash cards: effective study strategies

tl;dr: Strategies such as internal monologuing, transcribing, etc. are arguably more effective than just reviewing flash cards. Flash cards are a useful study tool for memorizing words. However, if we want to get better at other aspects of Japanese like listening,...

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Verb groupings: why I only like this one…

tl;dr: It may be a bit pedantic, but I like classifying verbs as "godan" ("group 1"), "ichidan" ("group 2") or "irregular" ("group 3"). Some textbooks use the names "u-verbs" and "ru-verbs", which can either help or confuse you. I've read multiple Japanese textbooks...

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